Are you interested in working for Prognos? Have you discovered a suitable vacancy? Or are you wondering whether you can submit an unsolicited application? How exactly does the recruiting process work at Prognos? Below you will find all the information you need to start your career with us.
FAQ on the application process
Is Prognos hiring?
We are always looking for new colleagues, even during the Corona pandemic. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have continued to post vacancies as usual and have been able to fill them accordingly. The application process and onboarding will preferably take place digitally until further notice.
We have taken the current situation as an opportunity to digitize our application process and the onboarding of new employees. On the first day at Prognos, we will nevertheless try to be there for you in person - in line with Corona, of course.
What entry opportunities are there?
There are many opportunities: from apprenticeships, internships and traineeships to permanent positions for career starters or experienced professionals. Take a look at our current vacancies.
Our internships/volunteer positions are aimed at students and graduates who want to gain practical experience during their main studies or after successfully completing their studies.
What about unsolicited applications?
Of course, we also accept unsolicited applications, Prognos is always looking for new talent. Please use our online application portal for unsolicited applications as well.
Can I apply for several positions at the same time?
Of course you can also apply for two positions or for several research and consulting fields at the same time. Please simply indicate this in our online application portal and feel free to point this out in your cover letter.
How do I apply?
You have found an interesting job offer that matches your profile and ideas? Please use our online application portal for your application.
You should have the following documents ready:
- curriculum vitae
- school or study/internship certificates
- work references
- short cover letter
How does the application process work under pandemic conditions?
In the first year of the pandemic, we have adapted our HR and recruiting workflow to the current situation. As a rule, the first contact is made by e-mail or telephone, followed by an initial interview via video conference. For virtual interviews, we use Microsoft Teams. If applicants do not have a camera or want to speak without one, we switch to the telephone. However, a video interview is of course very welcome. We have also switched to virtual interviews for the second round of interviews wherever possible. Some positions require getting to know each other in person, which is why in exceptional cases we rely on meeting in person on site for the second interview - while adhering to strict health protection rules, of course.
How can I prepare for the online job interview? Tips for your interview.
Don't be afraid that technology will fail. Prepare everything in time and turn off possible disturbing factors (smartphone ringtone, doorbell, music). A successfully conducted conversation shows a confident use of contemporary communication technologies.
Choose a favourable background (e.g., plain walls) and sufficient lighting. Natural light is best, the face should be seen evenly and without shadows, and if possible sit facing the window.
Create closeness despite the physical distance - show presence and authenticity even virtually.
Wear a professional outfit that you would also have chosen for a face-to-face meeting. It is important that you do not feel dressed up.
Dial-in a few minutes before the appointment - to try out the technique, but also to allow for some small talk at the beginning of the conversation. It creates closeness if you first get to chat casually before the interview gets underway.
How does the onboarding and the first working days since the start of the Covid pandemic work?
As soon as the first working day approaches, the new colleague receives all the necessary information for the start at Prognos. We already inform them in advance about our pandemic plan and applicable hygiene measures. For the further induction of our newcomers, we have created various digital formats to facilitate their entry into the company. Experienced employees present their respective divisions in onboarding videos – such as IT, human resources, works council and corporate communications.
At the "Day of the Newcomers" - a relaxed get-to-know-you format that we have established for several years and currently hold digitally - all new colleagues can exchange information and ask the "old hands" their questions.
The new colleagues can especially look forward to the onboarding talks. With the virtual 1:1 conversations, we want to promote social interaction and integration into the company. The HR department organises the video calls, and a number of interlocutors are drawn by lot. Over a cup of coffee or tea, there is then room for a meeting, for professional and, above all, informal exchange. In addition, many teams have organised coffee rounds.
What will happen after the end of the pandemic?
Many of the digital measures will continue after the Corona pandemic - not least for sustainability reasons. For example, those who only have to travel once instead of twice for a job interview or those who do not produce paper onboarding folders save stress, CO2 and waste. So what can be digitised without sacrificing important human contacts will remain digitised. Nevertheless, we will always return to on-site formats where the focus is on getting to know each other personally and familiarising ourselves as soon as the applicable hygiene measures allow. So very many measures will continue to take place in the digital realm in the future - but we continue to place great value on empathy, personality, interpersonal encounters, corporate culture and community. We are already very much looking forward to being able to meet each other in person again.
Does Prognos AG supervise Master's theses?
We would be happy to supervise your master's thesis in consultation with your university. If we have points of contact in our projects, if you have suitable topics for us, please contact us! The aim is to gain initial practical experience in parallel to your Master's thesis.
What is the difference between an internship and a traineeship?
At Prognos, students complete an internship, i.e. people who are studying and have not yet obtained an academic degree. Volunteers/trainees are people who have already obtained a degree (e.g. a BA).
In our experience, internships/volunteerships have proven to be useful if they last six months, for both sides. A certain period of orientation is necessary in order to be able to successfully engage in project work. Of course, there are exceptions. Please feel free to contact us.
You have applied to Prognos. What happens now?
We usually need four to six weeks for a recruiting process. After successfully submitting your application in our portal, you will immediately receive a confirmation of receipt: "Your application has been received by the Prognos recruiting team and is being processed."
We make every effort to carry out the review of the documents, the pre-selection and the interviews as quickly as possible and then to respond to all applicants promptly. Nevertheless, it can sometimes take a while before you hear from us. Prognos does not leave any application uncommented. We will let you know in a timely manner whether we invite you to a personal interview or if, unfortunately, it did not work out this time. If, exceptionally, there is a delay, we will keep you informed with an update.
What about data protection?
With your application, you agree to the storage and electronic processing of your data for the purpose of the application and within the framework of the General Equal Treatment Act, as well as to its destruction if necessary. Your data will be used by Prognos in the context of recruiting and will be treated as strictly confidential. If the requirements of Art. 17 (1) a) DS-GVO are met, the data will be deleted immediately. Your consent can be revoked at any time without adverse consequences with effect for the future (Art. 7 para. 3 DS-GVO). If the legal requirements are met, you also have the following rights in accordance with Art. 15 to 22 DS-GVO: the right to information, correction, deletion and restriction of processing. In accordance with Art. 77 DS-GVO, you have the right to complain to the supervisory authority if you believe that the processing of your personal data is not lawful. The address of the supervisory authority responsible for our company is: Berliner Beauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit, Friedrichstr. 219, 10969 Berlin. If you have any questions, please contact our data protection officer Charlotte Frank (datenschutz(at)prognos(dot)com).
Any questions left unanswered?
You are welcome to contact us via the contact form below or directly by email: bewerbung(at)prognos(dot)com. Melanie Nogossek, Head of Human Resources Management/Recruiting, will be happy to help and looks forward to hearing from you.
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